Allison Baden-Clay.
Allison Baden-Clay.

Baden-Clay's lover lied about call, court told

GERARD Baden-Clay's mistress lied to police about a phone call to her lover after the disappearance of Baden-Clay's wife, a court has heard.

The committal hearing involving Gerard Baden-Clay entered its fifth day yesterday with fauna and flora experts and homicide detectives taking the stand.

Baden-Clay is charged with murdering wife Allison at their Brookfield home on April 19 last year and disposing of her body at Anstead.

Following on from Baden-Clay mistress Toni McHugh's evidence on Monday, a homicide detective has revealed Ms McHugh lied about a phone call she had with her lover.

Detective Sergeant Peter Roddick said Ms McHugh denied having contact with Baden-Clay when asked in an interview with police.

Det Sgt Roddick confirmed "convert technology" meant police knew there had been a conversation between the two.

Ms McHugh was then warned before giving another statement.

The court also heard from botanist Dr Gordon Guymer who was tasked to carry out a survey of plants at the Baden-Clay family home and near the Kholo Creek bridge, where Allison's body was found 11 days after her disappearance.

Dr Guymer said species found in Allison's hair and head area were consistent with species at and around her Brookfield Rd home.

He said only two plant species, eucalyptus and Chinese elm, were found near her final resting place.

The court heard a majority of the plants or leaves were found on the Baden-Clay's back patio or near the car port.

But counsel for Baden-Clay, Peter Davis SC, put to Dr Guymer he could not specifically say a leaf from Allison's head came from a tree at Brookfield.

"Correct," Dr Guymer replied.

The court also heard from an insect ecologist, Professor Myron Zalucki, who detailed the life of caterpillars.

His evidence followed testimony from a doctor Baden-Clay had seen about marks to his chest and face on the day Allison was reported missing.

The GP said Baden-Clay claimed he sustained the marks to his upper chest from a caterpillar.

Professor Zalucki said it would be hard to judge by photographs of Baden-Clay's marks whether they came from a caterpillar.

The committal hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court continues today.

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